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Vintage RUSSIAN GZHEL Porcelain Blue & White Deviled Egg Plate Platter
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Vintage Russian Gzhel porcelain collectible serving plate or platter for deviled eggs with the traditional cobalt blue and white floral design made exclusively in the village of Gzhel, Russia since 1802.  Designed to hold 8 eggs.  Excellent condition with no damage to note.

Measures 11-3/4" in diameter and weighs 2 pounds 8 ounces.  One tiny glaze pop noted in photo.  Each porcelain Gzhel piece is hand-made and hand-painted using the unique technique and detail of the artist.  This vintage Russian Gzhel porcelain deviled egg plate or platter is backstamped and has the original Russian paper label still attached.

There are nearly thirty villages located southeast of Moscow that produce pottery and ship it throughout Russia.  The name Gzhel became associated with pottery in the 14th century.  Gzhel pottery was originally created by potters in their homes, however fairly early on these potters started to organize into workshops to increase production.  The workshops eventually became a factory with pieces being formed in molds and potters being responsible for separate pieces, and/or a specific style, or decoration.  The earliest pieces were created of earthenware. The pottery was painted solid white with distinctive blue designs.

In the 1830s, the Gzhel potters developed a faience, or white earthenware, of a quality that rivaled the creamware being produced in England at the time.  They followed the development of faience with the acquisition of porcelain.  Porcelain is fired to a similar temperature as stoneware, but unlike stoneware it becomes a translucent white and as such is highly desirable.  The making of porcelain had been a secret heavily guarded by China with only finished products being exported.  When Russia was able to produce their own porcelain, it undercut the high cost of imports from China or Western European producers.  Although there have been several periods of disruption in pottery production at Gzhel, quality pottery is once again being produced in both the recognizable blue on white design as well as the more colorful Maiolica ware.

In the United States, deviled eggs (or devilled eggs in the United Kingdom) or eggs mimosa are hard-boiled eggs, shelled, cut in half, and filled with the hard-boiled egg's yolk mixed with other ingredients such as mayonnaise and mustard, but many other variants exist internationally.  Deviled eggs are usually served cold.  They are served as a side dish, appetizer or a main course, and are a common holiday or party food.

In many European countries, especially Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany, a variation is served known as "Russian eggs". This consists of eggs cut in half, served with vegetable macédoine and garnished with mayonnaise, parsley and tomato.  Contrary to what the name might suggest, the dish does not originate in Russia: its name derives from the fact that the eggs are served on a bed of macédoine, which is sometimes called Russian salad.

A2730 - Vintage RUSSIAN GZHEL Porcelain Blue & White Deviled Egg Plate Platter
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